Karen Civil read the letter for the crowd at the Staples Center gathered for the slain rapper’s “Celebration of Life.” According to Civil, Obama penned the letter this morning.
“I’ve never met Nipsey,” the letter began, “but I’ve heard his music through my daughters, and after his passing, I had the chance to learn more about his transformation and his community work.”
The letter continued, “While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and only see gangs, bullets and despair, Nipsey saw potential. He saw hope. He saw a community that, even through its flaws, taught him to always keep going.”
Obama went on to say, “I hope his memory inspires more good work in Crenshaw and communities like it.”